Does anyone know how to include a page or figure number in a book citation using BibTeX and IEEE style? Specifically using \bibliographystyle{IEEEtran}. The IEEE style manual calls for this on page 16, bottom paragraph. Relevant format is in:

To avoid confusion, rewrite phrases such as “in Fig. 2 of reference [1]” to the IEEE cross-reference notation “in [1, Fig. 2].” Similarly, rewrite phrases such as “in equation (8) of reference [1]” to be [1, eq. (8)]. Other phrases may be rewritten as [1, Sec. IV], [1, Th. 4.2], or [1, Ch. 3].

Note that I would want to be able to cite with a page, figure, or equation number, but also cite the book without any of these.

sample.tex file:

Here~\cite{hilfer2000applications}, I'd like to see the citation come out as [1, pg. 36]. In this sentence,
here~\cite{hilfer2000applications} I'd just like [1].

sample.bib file:

  title={Applications of fractional calculus in physics},
  author={Hilfer, Rudolf and Butzer, PL and Westphal, U and Douglas, J and Schneider, WR and Zaslavsky, G and Nonnemacher, T and Blumen, A and West, B},
  publisher={World Scientific}
  • Welcome to TeX.SX! Please help us to help you and add a minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem. It will be much easier for us to reproduce your situation and find out what the issue is when we see compilable code, starting with \documentclass{...} and ending with \end{document}. How, for example, are you producing 'in Fig. 2 of reference [1]'?
    – cfr
    Commented Nov 19, 2014 at 0:01
  • Thanks Werner, I should have done so at the outset. Example code now in above.
    – Ty Lasky
    Commented Nov 19, 2014 at 0:26

1 Answer 1


One usually does this using the optional argument to \cite.

\cite[equation 1]{Andrews99}

Contents of test.bib:

author ="Andrews, G. E. and Askey, R. and Roy, R.",
title  ="Special Functions",
publisher="Cambridge University Press",
year   = "1999"



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